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Psychosocial adjustment to advanced oesophago-gastric cancer: An interdisciplinary exploration

Bridging disciplines between palliative care and psychology, this seminar will explore the experience of living and dying with advanced oesophago-gastric cancer through the lens of personal experience, patient and public involvement (PPI) and psychological theory. Dr Ghiglieri will chronicle her journey from informal carer to public contributor to PhD researcher, where she employed qualitative longitudinal methods (QLR) to gain meaningful insights into the evolving nature of psychosocial adjustment. Findings and recommendations for research and clinical practice will be presented, alongside reflections on her dual role as a researcher with lived experience.

About the speaker

Dr Cara Ghiglieri is a chartered psychologist and early career researcher. She completed her PhD in Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2023 and currently works at the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on improving psychosocial adjustment and quality of life for individuals with chronic illnesses and their carers.

About the seminar series 

The Cicely Saunders Institute Open Seminar Series events are free to attend.

This seminar is worth CPD (1 credit) pending from the Royal College of Physicians.

The series aim is to optimise opportunities for local, national and international networking within palliative care and rehabilitation. We facilitate seminars to assist in improving practice, education and policy, and the integration of research and clinical endeavours.